Joanna Richardson



I'm creating a series of 5 lanterns and 5 corresponding matchboxes fired in the barbecue. The lanterns are wheel-thrown and craved, while the matchboxes are handbuilt and decorated using a mixture of slip, sgrafitto, and terra sig. My inspiration for these come from Victorian wood inlay and silhouette designs, particularly floral motifs. As I work on these pieces, I'm also working through feelings of remembrance, melancholic nostalgia, and loss.

Joanna Richardson


Joanna is an Ottawa-based potter with ties to both the Canadian East and West. She holds a Bachelor of Honours in Cultural Studies from Trent University, and in 2019 graduated with honours from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design's Fine Craft Ceramics program. Joanna was the Ceramics Practicum at the Banff Centre, a year-long position that was unfortunately cut short during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.


Artist Statement

I enjoy making functional work that, at first glance, seems simple and restrained. I invite the user to look closer, to see the subtlety of the glazes, the richness of the clay body, hidden details in the work, and to feel the balance of the pot in their hands.
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